Gene’s one-man show at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame was the best attended in the 50 year history of the museum. Additionally, he had the best attended one-man show in the history of the Institute of Texan Cultures Museum.His fine art is based on life experiences ranching since childhood in Texas, including during the worst drought recorded, and in Colorado, and Mexico. His pieces have been exhibited in 16 museums, as well as one-man and group shows, and permanent collections.
His work has been compared to the works of Charlie Russell, Norman Rockwell, and Daumier.
ART of the WEST “Some people in the art business have refused to acknowledge that there is a place for humor in fine art. Several artists have proved them wrong including Charlie Russell, Gene Zesch and others.
AMERICAN COWBOY “As with Norman Rockwell ‘stylized nostalgia’ and Charles Russell’s ‘painted stories’ said “Zesch’s artistic carvings tells stories”.
Joseph E. Young, professor of art wrote to Gene “as for caricature, Daumier was able to force caricature into becoming significant art”
JAQUELINE M. PONTELLO, sums up a five page article in SOUTHWEST ART by simply saying “Gene Zesch has elevated survival into an art form!”.
According to ART TALK magazine “Gene is virtually the only wood carver to be in the competitive world of fine art.
Gene is one of ten sculptors with NEDRA MATTEUCCI. This gallery has represented him for 39 years. TRAILSIDE has represented Gene for 41 years.
He has been in group shows at the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY and THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES.
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